pom-pom
I. noun Etymology: alteration of pompon Date: 1873 1. an ornamental ball or tuft used especially on clothing, caps, or costumes 2. a handheld usually brightly colored fluffy ball flourished by cheerleaders II. noun Etymology: imitative; from the sound of its discharge Date: 1899 a multibarreled automatic antiaircraft gun of 20 to 40 millimeters mounted especially on ships

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  • Pom-pom — Pompom Pom pom , Pom pom Pom pom , n. [Imitative.] (Mil.) originally, a Vickers Maxim one pounder automatic machine cannon using metallic ammunition fed from a lopped belt attached to the gun; popularly so called from its peculiar drumming sound… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pom-pom — pom poms also pompom, pom pon N COUNT A pom pom is a ball of threads which is used to decorate things such as hats or furniture. In the United States, cheerleaders wave large pom poms at football matches. ...wide brimmed hats with red pom poms… …   English dictionary

  • pom-pom — [päm′päm΄] n. 〚echoic〛 any of several rapid firing automatic weapons, as an automatic cannon of the Boer War or an antiaircraft cannon of WWII: also pompom * * * …   Universalium

  • pom-pom — (n.) Maxim automatic gun, 1899, of imitative origin, soldiers slang from the Boer War. The unrelated word meaning ornamental round tuft (originally on a hat, etc.) is first attested 1748, from Fr. pompon (1725), of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • pom-pom — [päm′päm΄] n. [echoic] any of several rapid firing automatic weapons, as an automatic cannon of the Boer War or an antiaircraft cannon of WWII: also pompom …   English World dictionary

  • Pom-Pom — Achtfach „Pom Pom auf der HMS Rodney Die Ordnance QF 2 Pfünder (Quick Firing) war ein leichtes 40mm Flugabwehrgeschütz der britischen Marine. Es wurde 1929 zunächst als Achtfach Lafette (ab 1935 auch vierfach später auch in Einzelaufstellung)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • pom-pom — n Jamaican the vagina. The word was used in the lyrics to ragga music …   Contemporary slang

  • pom-pom — noun Brit. an automatic quick firing two pounder cannon of the Second World War period, typically mounted on a ship and used against aircraft. Origin C19: imitative of the sound of the discharge …   English new terms dictionary

  • pom-pom — n. an automatic quick firing gun esp. on a ship. Etymology: imit …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pom-pom-girl — Une pom pom girl, meneuse de claque (au Canada francophone, particulièrement au Québec) ou cheerleader (aux États Unis et au Canada anglophone) est une jeune fille assurant un spectacle à base de chant, de danse et de figures acrobatiques durant… …   Wikipédia en Français

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